Broadband Briefs for 03/23/09
• Time Warner gives final terms for cable spin-off
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – Time Warner Inc. said Friday that eligible shareholders will receive 0.08 share of its spun-off cable division for every Time Warner share they hold on record as of 8 p.m. March 12.
The company said the terms reflect Time Warner Cable Inc.'s 1-for-3 reverse stock split on that date. It said in a government filing last week it has disposed of all 300.3 million shares of the cable segment, the number 2 cable provider in the U.S.
Time Warner Cable shares fell 19 cents to $25.60 in afternoon trading, while Time Warner shares were lost a penny at $7.87.
• i-Cable deploys Cisco’s STBs, video solution to combat piracy
By Traci Patterson
i-Cable – an integrated communications company in Hong Kong – is deploying Cisco's set-top boxes and end-to-end video solution to resolve piracy issues related to its television services.
With the introduction of the Cisco PowerKey System, digital headend system and set-top boxes, i-Cable will be able to deliver highly secure TV services, Cisco said.
The Cisco solution consists of the D-PCG1000TM PowerKey Conditional Access System (CAS) Gateway, a digital headend system incorporating the Continuum DVPTM SI-Server MKV, Rosa Copernicus Network Management Server (NMS), D9630 Advanced QAM Modulators and DCM Digital Content Manager, and Cisco's Z368DVB SD set-top series, which includes options for both digital cable and MMDS/satellite.
• IPG debuts two-way EDFAs for RFoG networks
By Traci Patterson
IPG Photonics Corp., a provider of fiber amplifiers, has introduced a new two-way erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA) for Radio Frequency over Glass (RFoG) networks that allow cable operators and telcos to lower costs and increase bandwidth. According to IPG, the new two-way EDFAs support upstream RF transport through the addition of a fourth wavelength.
With IPG’s new EDFAs, operators of two-way RF optical networks can reduce costs from the elimination of RF receiving, combining and upstream transmission equipment, and can decrease space requirements because the 1- and 2-RU EDFAs enable deployment of RFoG in smaller outside plant enclosures.
Operators can also benefit from an increase of CMTS port utilization by enabling the cascading of multiple EDFAs. Additionally, the EDFA's flattened L-band gain supports future DWDM additions to today's network deployments, IPG said, and customers can select the upstream wavelength – including 1590 or 1610nm.